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Visa: Citizens of all countries (including Commonwealth) require a valid passport and an appropriate (entry, transit or tourist) visa. The visa must be obtained abroad from an Indian Mission. Tourist visas are generally valid for 120 days stay in India. If planning to visit a neighboring country such as Nepal and then re-entering India, a double/multiple entry visa should be obtained, For extending the visa apply for a letter of permission from the Ministry of Home Affairs Lok Nayak Bhavan, Khan Market (Tel. 469-3334, 461-2543, 461-7649). Thereafter the letter is to be presented to the FRRO. The Foreigner’s Regional Registration Office (FRRO) is located at Hans Bhavan, Tilak Bridge, New Delhi (Tel, 3319489, 331-8179). Timings: 9.30 am to 1.30 p.m. and 2 p.m. to 4 p.m., weekends and national holidays closed. Health Regulations: A valid yellow fever certificate is mandatory for all persons (including infants) who have been, even in transit, in Africa or South America or Papua New Guinea in the last six days. The certificate becomes valid 10 days after vaccination. India does not require immunisation against smallpox and cholera. A person arriving in India, who is required to possess a Yellow Fever Vaccination Certificate in accordance with these requirements will, IN THE ABSENCE OF A VALID VACCINATION CERTIFICATE BE QUARANTINED FOR A PERIOD UPTO SIX DAYS, WITHOUT EXCEPTION. Inoculation centers for Yellow Fever Palam Airport (Tuesdays and Thursdays, 2 p.m. - 4 p.m.) Tel. 329-5507, Dr. Ram Manohar Lohia Hospital (Wednesdays and Saturdays, 11 am - 12 p.m.) Tel. 336-5525 and International Inoculations Center, Town Hall, Sansad Marg.



Customs Clearance: Visitors who do not have any dutiable goods or high "Value articles" or foreign exchange in excess of US$ 2500 or unaccompanied baggage, all of which need to be declared, can simply walk through the Green Channel. Others must go to the Red Channel for clearance.Each traveller can bring in, without duty, goods valued upto Rs. 750 (Rs. 6000 for persons of Indian origin) for personal use or giving as gifts; these include 200 cigarettes (or 50 cigars or 250 gms tobacco) and liquor and wines upto 32 oz (0.95 litre). Import of other: high value articles: are permitted duty free on a written undertaking that they will be taken back on departure. Drugs and narcotics and the import of firearms are prohibited. The duty rate beyond the free baggage allowance is 50 per cent plus 2 per cent special duty. Passengers coming from Nepal, Bhutan, Meaner or China is not entitled to any free allowances. The duty free allowance for passengers arriving from Sri Lanka and the Maldives is Rs. 6,000 provided their stay abroad is more than three days. If the stay does not exceed three days, the allowance would be Rs. 3,000. A TBRE (Tourist Baggage Re-Export Form) is to be completed on arrival and must be produced along with the entered articles before Customs, for verification at the time of departure. Please obtain a Landing Certificate if you are expecting unaccompanied baggage and for mishandled baggage. Currency Regulations: You can bring in any amount of foreign currency, traveler's cheques, etc., and take out as much as you brought in. However, if you are carrying more than US 2,500 (or equivalent) you should declare it, on arrival, on the Currency Declaration Form (CDF), to be attested by the Customs Officer. No Indian currency may be brought into or taken out of the country. When remitting money to India, indicate the bank, branch and full address. Changing Money: In India, the unit of currency is the Rupee (Re) divided into 100 paise (P). Change money with AUTHORISED MONEYCHANGERS (at the airport, most banks, hotels and certain large shops) and insist on a receipt, as it will help you reconvert unused rupees into the original foreign currency at the time of departure. Avoid any people on the street who offer to change your money at a temptingly high rate of exchange.



Transfer from the Airport: Taxis, buses and autorikshaws are available at the airport to take you to town. Bus charges are fixed. A prepaid taxi service facility is available for all passengers. Contact the Pre-Paid Taxi booth at the arrival building. Export Regulations: The visitor can take back all articles brought in by him. For these items a RBI permit should be obtained in advance and thereafter declared to Customs. There are restrictions on the export of antiquities and art objects more than 100 years old. In case of doubt, consult the Director, Antiquities, and Archaeological Survey of India, Janpath (Tel. 301-7220). It is advisable to obtain a certificate of proof. Export of most wildlife products is prohibited or strictly regulated; therefore generally avoid buying anything made of ivory, reptile skin, tortoise shells and any part of wild animals. There are DUTY-FREE shops at the airport both in the Arrival and Departure lounges. Income-Tax Clearance Certificate: You will need this at the time of departure if your stay in India exceeds 120 days. The Foreign Section of the Income-Tax Office (ITO) issues Indraprastha Estate, Tel. 331-7826 the certificate, Indraprastha Estate, Tel. 331-7826. Observe the instructions under Currency Regulations and Changing Money (above) to facilitate its issue. Foreign Travel Tax: Rs. 300 (Rs. 150 in the case of Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Burma, the Maldives, Nepal, Sri Lanka and Pakistan) is payable separately at the time of departure.



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